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Must-Sees This Week: August 18 to 24, 2016

Lots of great art exhibitions and events are taking place across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for debuting shows and events, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Visit our Exhibition Finder for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


VIVO Media Arts presents “This park of great care,” the seventh instalment of thirstDays, with artist-in-residence Jayce Salloum at Oppenheimer Park on August 18 at 4 p.m.


On August 18 at 7 p.m. Kelowna Art Gallery will put on “Fiesta Mexicana” to welcome activist Sandy Diaz Hart, the co-founder of the El Faro Society for Agricultural Workers in the Okanagan, along with some of the workers whose portraits are included in Deborah Koenker‘s current exhibition “Grapes and Tortillas.”


A solo exhibition of Saskatoon-based painter Allysha Larsen opens at The Gallery at the Frances Morrison Library on August 18.


The Khyber Centre for the Arts opens its members’ show, “tomorrow and the day after,” on August 18 at 6 p.m. The submission-based exhibition features work by Bruce Barber, Jodi Heartz, Merle Harley and others. For the past week, Amy Wong has been collecting materials for her “The Art of Hanging Pictures,” her collaborative installation for Eyelevel Gallery. The resulting exhibition opens on August 24 at 7 p.m.

 St. John’s

From August 18 to 21, Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital will be transformed by Hold Fast, the province’s only festival dedicated to contemporary art. Programming will range from installation and screenings to artist talks and artist-led workshops, and will feature Walter Scott, Life of a Craphead, Nadège Grebmeier Forget and others.


Dare-Dare en invites participants to “Promenades blanches,” a collective walk guided by Alain Michard and Mathias Poisson on August 20 and August 21, with departures at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Darling Foundry hosts a talk by their artist-in-residence, Simon Boudvin, on August 18 at 6 p.m. Jacques Bilodeau’s duo in situ installations “En l’état” will be open to the public at Joyce Yahouda Gallery and Studio des Carrières starting August 18. An exhibition celebrating René Blouin Gallery’s 30th anniversary opens on August 20 at 3 p.m., featuring Geneviève Cadieux, Marie-Claire Blais, Pierre Dorion and others.


“Fear of a Queer Planet” will present new works that contemplate queer alternatives to conceptions of “normal” by Toronto-based artist Adrienne Crossman at the White House Studio Project on August 18 at 7 p.m. Jam on Toast is a Slow Editions publication of conversations amongst Katie Lyle, Vanessa Maltese, David Hucal, Hanna Hur and Jennifer Carvalho that will launch at Art Metropole on August 19 at 5 p.m. Art Metropole will then host an opening for Stacey Ho’s window exhibition “Sebastian” on August 20, with a conversation between the artist and Anahita Jamali Rad at 6:30 p.m. The 4 Poets and Metatron present a backyard reading at 8-11 on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., featuring Ashley Opheim, Rollie Pemberton, Adam Zachary, Greg Zorko, Andrea Werhun and Ali Pinkney. Zine Dream 9 showcases small presses, comics and multiples on August 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Hall, with opening night on August 19 at 7 p.m. featuring works by Alicia Nauta, Eunice Luk, Clay Hickson et al. at former Videofag location. The final instalment of the Power Plant’s collaboration with It’s Not U It’s Me takes place on August 20 from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. with international DJs setting the soundtrack to installations by Nadia Gohar, Sidney Starkman and Thank You Kindly, a curation and production project by Allegra Christie and Ariella Starkman. Mark DeLong’s “Seven Shades of Sugar” and Jenine Marsh’s “The Extrovert” continue at Cooper Cole to September 3. “DIY” at MKG127, featuring Dean Baldwin, Bill Burns, Kristiina Lahde, Roula Partheniou, VSVSVS and others, closes on August 20.


The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) hosts “On the Queer Screen,” which will be designated as a “safe space to watch and engage with artists that create films and videos captured through a queer lens,” on August 18 at 7 p.m. Guest curator Ali Adil Khan will give a tour and talk of Youngo Verma‘s “Kundalini: Union of the Divine” at the AGM on August 20 at 1 p.m.

St. John

Third Space Gallery’s art-at-night-event Third Shift will light up New Brunswick’s largest city on August 19 at 7 p.m.


Gillian King’s MFA thesis show “Becoming Animal” opens at the Ottawa Art Gallery on August 18 at 6 p.m.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, visit

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